News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 13, 2006

Early morning accidents in Aiken County

Traffic is backed up on Jefferson Davis Highway in Clearwater.

A person was taken to the hospital just before 7 o'clock this morning after hitting and spinning off of a guardrail.

Minutes later, there was another accident in Windsor.

It happened on Heritage Road and Highway 78. A pickup and a tow truck were involved.

No word on injuries.

Four suspects wanted in attempted robbery

Investigators are searching for four suspects who attempted to rob a man late Thursday night.

One person is at Doctor's Hospital with three gunshot wounds.

It happened just after 11 o'clock last night at Trinity Manor Apartments in the 2300 block of Barton Chapel Road.

We're told the victim drove himself to the hospital and is said to be okay. Investigators are following several leads.

Two armed robberies

Richmond County authorities also looking for suspects from two different armed robberies.

Mally's Bagels and Grits off 7th Street was robbed last night around 10:45.

Then, about 15 minutes later, a video warehouse in south Augusta was robbed.

Few is in, again

Ronnie Few wins a second victory in court, giving him all rights to run for Augusta mayor.

Yesterday, Chief Judge William Fleming agreed with the Richmond County Board of Elections decision to let few stay in the race.

Activist Woody Merry challenged the board's decision in superior court.

It all started when it was discovered Few signed a document for a tax break in Columbia County saying he lived there.

Few says he's never once stopped campaigning for Augusta's top job.

Augusta budget to Commission Tuesday

Augusta commissioners will soon decide whether to approve next year's city budget.

Tuesday, city administrator Fred Russell will present his spending plan to commissioners.

At first, Russell proposed cutting law enforcement to help with the nearly $6 million deficit, but now he says that's unlikely.

But he says other departments like recreation and transit will likely see major cuts. We're told the plan could also mean another property tax increase.

"I don't think they should be raising taxes," said Charles Barreras of Augusta. "As a matter of fact, I'm going in to protest mine."

"If it means they have to raise taxes a little more, out of the three, do that instead of cutting anything," said Augustan MAdel Royal. "Don't cut transit, and don't cut law enforcement."

After Russell presents his plan on Tuesday.

The commission can either approve it with six votes or send it back to the drawing board.

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